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since and for


since and for
can anybody please tell me the difference between since and for with present perfect simple and since/for with present perfect continuous?

14 Mar 2014      

Russian Federation

We use "for" when we say a period of time ( two weeks, six hours...): I haven īt seen Tom for three days. Sally has been working here for six weeks.
We use "since" when we say the start of a period ( 8 o īclock, Monday, 1977...):
Sally has been working here since April ( =from April until now)
I haven īt seen Tom since Monday. (= from Monday until now)

14 Mar 2014     


hi, blesses, though I agree with JuliaKaraban īs explanation, let me add something : I always tell my students and it always helps : For is always followed by quantities of time (a year , two months, three years, four days ...) and since is for the rest . As simple as that !!! Cheers Flori

14 Mar 2014